15/06/2013 Trooping the Colour


15/06/2013

Highlights of the military spectacle from Horse Guards Parade in London, when the Queen's Colour of the Welsh Guards was trooped to mark the Sovereign's official birthday.


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of the Royal Family gathered in this room to watch the first big military

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parade of the Queen's brain. It's not just the good vantage point,

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it's also a place steeped in history, as the office once occupied

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by the Duke of Wellington. The family will be back here today,

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following events from this window, as they enjoy the ceremony of

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Trooping the Colour, to mark the Queen's official birthday on Horse

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Guards Parade. That first parade took place just nine days after the

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coronation. It was the first official engagement for the new

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queen. 60 years on, the Birthday Parade will feature some rousing

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Welsh tunes, as the Prince of Wales Company 1st Battalion Welsh Guards

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provide the Escort and play a very prominent part in today's ceremony.

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This time last year at these soldiers were deployed in

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Afghanistan, which reminds everyone watching that they combine the

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ceremonial duties with life on the frontline. Since last year 's

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parade, 25 members of the armed forces have lost their lives serving

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in Afghanistan. Five of them from the Household Division, three

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Grenadier Guards, two Welsh Here, too, heads of the Armed

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Forces, Sir Peter Wall and Sir David Richards among them, along with

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representatives of many foreign nations, including the Commonwealth

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member states. The Mall is lined with Union Flags to celebrate the

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Queen's official birthday. There are 200 soldiers lining the route will

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stop there are poignant reminders for the Queen of the loss of her

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father, King George VI, at such a young age, and her late mother. At

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Buckingham Palace, the Sovereign's Escort and the Mounted Bands are

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awaiting to accompany the Queen and other members of the Royal Family to

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Horse Guards Parade. Not long to go until the processions get under way.

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It's a very good morning to Clare Balding.

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Big T is with me now. What is your responsibility today?

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responsibility is sorting out the dais. Her Majesty 's standard, when

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Her Majesty comes on parade, I will pull the cord, three little

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stitchers will pop and it will spring out. And this is your last

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ever Queen's Birthday Parade. retiring. I'm a bit emotional, but

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my family and friends have come down to see me. We hope it goes

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perfectly. My special guest knows everything

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there is to know about the parade. Formally Major General commanding

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the Household Division. Last on parade in that capacity in 2007. He

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is Major General Sir Sebastian Roberts. It's a great pleasure to

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have you with us. Good morning.What are you looking forward to? That

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ancient tradition of tradition and modern professionalism. The soldiers

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achieved the remarkable standards in their ceremonial duties. All coming

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together in this world famous celebration of our Queen's official

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birthday. The last time the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards trooped their

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colour was in 2008. Since then, they've deployed to Afghanistan.

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We've been speaking to some of them about their recent tour.

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soldiers need to be adaptable. For Guardsmen, that adaptability is very

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stark. We go from wearing, combat clothing into scarlet very readily.

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On our most recent tour of Afghanistan, the majority of the

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Battalion formed the Police Mentoring Advisory Group. It was

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their task to train and advise the police, from basic training all the

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way going into operations alongside them. We'd get up at dawn and then

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set off to our patrol base. When we got there, we'd go into our security

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measures. We would then build a rapport with the police. The first

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time was quite hard because you got the language barrier. It's trying to

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understand people from a different culture. After a while, they are

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pretty much the same as you. You do bond. Look for the rise and fall of

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his chest. On one of these routine patrols we went to the checkpoint,

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as we always did. Unfortunately, two of my guys were shot dead by a rogue

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Afghan policeman, who was completely unknown to the checkpoint.

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situation was the worst nightmare. He had casualties and a volatile

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situation, which was threatening his mission. He was only six weeks into

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it. We were back out very soon after the incident occurred. Two weeks

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following this, I myself became a casualty from a gunshot wound.

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essence of good leadership is you can rise above that sort of chaos.

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That is exactly what Ben did. For that, he was very deservedly awarded

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the Queen 's commendation. Queen's Birthday Parade has served

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as a recovery vehicle for me. Me being on parade today is a tribute.

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It's a very sincere form of flattery. When people can't quite

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believe the standards of ceremonial drill that we provide in London are

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done by hard, fighting men who'd been at the tip of a spear, and

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we're very proud to have with us. The men of the 1st Battalion Welsh

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Guards sharing their frontline experiences. Ben Bardsley, who will

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be falling in with all the other officers shortly, has made a

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remarkable recovery from those life-threatening injuries. He can be

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forgiven if he is a little distracted today. He's getting

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married to his fiancee in a weeks time. We wish them both well. The

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Escort provided by Prince of Wales Company 1st Battalion Welsh Guards,

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1st Battalion also providing the mental number to guard and No.3

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Guard, which means there is a very prominent Welsh presence on

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horseguards this year. Next to them, No.5 Guard, provided by F Company

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Scots Guards. Earlier this year, they were providing the street

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liners for Baroness Thatcher's funeral. No.4 Guard provided by

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Nijmegen Company. Later this month, the Queen will present new colours

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to the company at Buckingham Palace. 1st Battalion Irish Guards

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started their six-month deployment to Afghanistan in April, but there

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is a strong Irish presence in the massed bands on parade today. A

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successful Birthday Parade depends on hundreds of men and women setting

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the highest standards of precision and drill. The man in charge as

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Lieutenant Colonel Dino Bosi. This must be an incredibly proud date.

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Yes, but a little bit nerve wracking. We really hope we will be

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able to live up to the high standards that our predecessors have

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set. It about teamwork, but it's about you and your steed. This is

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Winston. What sort of a relationship party built up? I've been riding him

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since January. He's a real old stager. His 22, but he hasn't done a

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parade before. This is a new experience for both of us. Is quite

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elderly, isn't he? He is. He's 22. Other than counting teeth, we are

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not quite sure when his birthday is. He is immensely calm. He is, but

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he's also quite frisky. He will bounce along with the band quite

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happily. He seems to really enjoy the music. I look forward to seeing

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you together. I know that you and your men have been extremely busy.

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For those based in London, one of the jobs has been to provide the

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Queen 's guard. We have sent a camera behind the scenes to find out

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parade. The Standard that is required for us on that parade is

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nothing short of excellence. Drill is very much our bread and butter

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while we are in London. The routine helps that. When the guys do the

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Queen 's guard now, that's all about getting experience for the big match

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and working together as a team. When they step out the gates to walk up

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to the forecourt, the crowds are building up and its six to ten deep

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down The Mall. It doesn't faze the guys. There's an opportunity for

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guys to take their bearskins off, change their clothing and have

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something to eat before they go back out into the sentry boxes. It is

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quite nerve wracking when you look out and there are a couple of

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hundred people watching you. Different faces, glaring at you,

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wondering when you are going to move. Concentration is the hardest

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thing. You focus on your job and try and do it right. There's little

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things they can miss, maybe turn the wrong way or a belt may not be

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sitting correctly. That's the high standards we require in the Welsh

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Guards. I'm new here, it's my first troop. A lot to live up to because

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all the boys have done it before. It's really nerve wracking. Being

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Welsh, the camaraderie -- camaraderie is fantastic. Everybody

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mucks in, it's like a brotherhood. My family think it's very funny that

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I've got a bearskin on my head but they are very proud of me. The last

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time I did it my girlfriend came down with my father and my mother.

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It's a brilliant job, I love it. Welsh Guards taking pride in their

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heritage. They first trooped their colour for the sovereign back in

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1928, that was for King George V. first carriage we have the Duchess

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of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The Duke

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of York and his two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess

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Eugenie. In the third carriage we have the Earl and Countess of Wessex

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and their daughter, Lady Louise Windsor. This is the final public

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engagement for the Duchess of Cambridge before the due date for

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her individual pro-dash-macro file grow steadily over the past year.

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She attended the State Opening of Parliament for the first time with

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the Prince of Wales last month. A great scene along The Mall. We will

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see even more crowds later on as they arrive here for the balcony

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appearance and the fly-past after the parade is complete. A short

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journey along The Mall. It's under a mile from Buckingham Palace. Once

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the three carriages are on their way, we will then be ready for the

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Queen's departure from Buckingham Corporal Ben Ruffer. Her Majesty

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travelling to Horse Guards in the glass coach today with the Duke of

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Kent who is Colonel of the Scots Guards. He is a cousin to both the

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Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip is missing the parade

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this year. He has only missed a few over the years. He recovers from his

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recent operation. The Duke of Edinburgh who marked his 92nd

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birthday this week. His absence will be keenly felt by the Queen, the

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Royal family and also by the Grenadier Guards, whose kernel he

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is, and with whom he has a close bond. The Duke of Cambridge riding

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as Colonel of the Irish Guards, the Prince of Wales and the Princess

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Royal. The Princess Royal, Colonel turning into the approach road, if

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you yard is away from Horse Guards Parade. -- a few yards away from

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Horse Guards Parade. Lots of enthusiastic cheering for the

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Duchess of Cambridge. Everyone knowing that she is a month away

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from that first baby. The child will be third in line for the throne. We

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can see the Guards have opened up. They have repositioned. That is to

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make way for this first section of will be the National Anthem them to

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blues and Royal uniform decorated with the wings of the Army Air Corps

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Mall is the brigade major. Four procession hugely. I have to make

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sure we get the timing is right. That is my responsibility to deliver

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Her Majesty on to deliver Her Majesty onto the dais at exactly 11

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o'clock. I have to look at the crowds to make sure they are having

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a good time but mostly I will be Guards starts the music on the

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coronation, we can reflect a little on the Queen's service. She has

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undertaken 96 state visits to 116 different countries. Representatives

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of lots of those different countries, especially the

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Commonwealth, are here today. The glass coach arrives on the parade

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ground. The head coach and is Mark Hargreaves. Very soon he will

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provide his own distinct tooth salute to the Colour. -- his

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distinctive salute. That will be followed immediately by the three

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Royal is, the Duke of Cambridge, his father, the Prince of Wales and the

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Princess Royal. And the two nonroyal Colonels behind them. The Queen's

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Birthday Parade of 2013 is about to begin. At the stroke of 11 o'clock,

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the Queen and the Duke of Kent this year, will step onto the saluting

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base. The Royal Standard will be broken or released. The field

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officer will give his command and then the National Anthem will be

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inspect the line of Guards. It is also an opportunity for the massed

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bands to entertain. The man in charge is Lt Col Stephen Barnwell.

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The first piece is great and glorious, performed by one of his

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predecessors, Leslie Statham, who I am told composed the original match

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inspection. It is called Royal Standard. The Queen is Colonel in

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Chief of all the regiments. This is Her Majesty's opportunity to inspect

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the troops which constitute her own personal or two guard. -- bodyguard.

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The Household Cavalry are the only regiments are allowed to present a

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sovereign standard on today's arrayed. This year it is the

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standard of the Life Guards with Squadron Corporal Major Kris

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Newell. Their lead gun is treated as the Colour. It enjoys the same

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status as the Colour being trooped Norton's last year as General

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Officer commanding London district. He is soon to take up a post in

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Italy as deputy commander NATO deployment core. For Lt Col Stephen

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Barnwell, this should be the best arrayed of them all. I am retiring

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this year in November. This is my last time trooping the Colour. It is

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very special. Doing this parade as senior director of music, they

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always say if you're holding a stick, it goes much quicker. That is

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true but I want to savour this. I do not want it to go too fast. It has

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been an absolute joy working with the musicians. And to have control

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as a conductor over such a powerful and talented force as that, it is

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the epitome of any musician's career.

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The massed preparing now to play one of the most enduringly popular

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military marches, Les Huguenots. One of the highlights of the Birthday

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march! The quick march is heroes returned

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by Arnold Steck. Aptly chosen from the Welsh Guards, who returned from

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Afghanistan earlier this year. The lone drummer is Lance Corporal

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Christopher Rees, from Maesteg in South Wales. He joined the Welsh

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Guards in 2008 and has completed two days when all battlefield command

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were given by drumbeat. Orderly Byron Clark marches forward to take

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the pace stick. That allows him to draw his sword. He is ready to

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protect the Colour will stop that is to the march of the British

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Grenadiers. This shows the results of weeks of hard work. Enormous

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pride at the culmination, so it gives a great tingle. My own father

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and brother were in the Welsh Guards and fought in battles. It matters a

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take possession of the Colour will stop protecting it with his sword,

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and then ready to hand it over to the Ensign, he is following him for

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Today's Ensign receives the Colour the Colour, having taken possession,

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has now become the Escort to the The formal ceremony of trooping the

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by 45 members of The Corps of Drums. There they are performing the

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complex spinning wheel. They change direction without changing

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formation. It's quite a challenge slow march, arranged by Fred Harris.

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This is the real test for the Ensign Second Lieutenant Joel Dunwoodie.

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Watched by millions around the world. Just as important, watched by

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his family in the crowd today. never thought I was going to be

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Ensign. It came as a real surprise to find that out. In rehearsals, I

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have been carrying a practice colour, which is much heavier than

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the actual one. But it enables me to strengthen my shoulders, feel the

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weight and get the movement is correct. So on the day I will

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perform well. My family will be sitting in the stands. I'm hoping

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they'll be thinking of me. I'll certainly be trying to keep it at

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the back of my mind. A rather modest Joel Dunwoodie, sharing his thoughts

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land warfare, where colours were used practically as a rallying

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point. Today it is all about powerful symbolism, Sebastien.

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indeed. These colours are presented by the Queen. During that

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presentation, they are blessed by the regimental padre. They have a

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sacramental significant -- significance for every regiment, as

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well as being the history of the great lives of many brave men who

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have fought and given their lives. And also a rallying point. No longer

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in battle, but certainly at the turn! Escort to the Colour. Arms!

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Escort to the Colour. Present arms. The officers take post ready for the

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march past. The Colour moves to the Drum Major Tom Birkett. It was

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composed shortly after the Second World War. Tom Birkett from the

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third Battalion the Coldstream the ability to stretch legs? You are

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absolutely right, Huw. At this stage, they are re-enacting battle

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drills of 200 years ago when they defeated Napoleon. But it is

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important to reflect that they are carrying the weapons which many of

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them have used in action in the last first tripped their colour for the

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Queen in 1965. They are immediately recognised with their buttons

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grouped in fives. They have a green and white plume. Their leak collar

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emblem. The Prime Minister and Samantha Cameron enjoying the

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sunshine, enjoying the music and enjoying the parade today. They are

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surrounded by some African leaders including the President of Tanzania,

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Senegal, Mali and Nigeria. They are there as part of a conference before

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the G8 talks which are taking place the parade, Major Henry Bettinson.

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The change in music tells you that these are the Men of Harlech, the

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the Queen. It is what we call the flourish. And then we'll recover or

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Colonel of the Welsh Guards, the Prince of Wales. One of the three

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Royal Colonels as the music changes to Scipio by Handel. Nine Megan

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company, first Battalion Grenadier Guards. -- Nijmegen company. The

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kernel in Chief is the Duke of to meet the Queen. The sword is

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drawn but it is a special form of salute which conveys no threat at

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all to Her Majesty. A neutral slow march this time, Thievish Magpie

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taken from Rossini's Opera. The first time in many years that the

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Household Cavalry had no operational tours in 2012. The regiment is now

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committed again with a third of its force in Afghanistan. The Irish

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Guards as well and many of the troops seen at the Queen's Birthday

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Parade last year are currently in Afghanistan. We spoke to some of

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them. This time last year we were getting ready for the Queen's

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Diamond Jubilee. We were there with a quarter of a million people out on

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the Mall. The Queen 's Diamond Jubilee and the royal wedding as

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well. It is not often you get to stand there in front of such a huge

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crowd. It is hot in a bare skin as it is in body armour. Your feet --

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your feet ache. The best of luck from everyone out here. You are

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probably sweating as much a bearskin as we are in body armour. Remember

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it is your day, and joy. Follow your lines. It is a special day when the

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Queen comes out on parade. So, the Guards have reformed and

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they are ready to march past in quick time. The tempo increases. A

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new sense of dynamism and energy. The quick march is the champion. --

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a time to reflect on the profile and status of the Armed Forces. Events

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in recent weeks have given us a sharp focus on that as well.

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Indeed. I spoke to kernel Dino Bosi, the field officer and he was amazed,

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as was the rest of the Welsh Guards, by the reaction of the population to

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the appalling killer of Drummer Lee Rigby. They were Feste and with

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floral tributes -- festooned. And he also said that he had been stunned

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by the meteoric reaction of the locals in Hounslow to their return

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from Afghanistan. That is of enormous significance to every

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soldier and their families, to know that we have the support of the

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nation in very evident and very the rear of the Escort. Number two

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and number three guard is also provided by the first Battalion

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sharing his thoughts confession to make. I first saw the troop when I

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was three years old. I wanted to do what I'm doing today. It is just

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luck that I'm able to do it. I feel hugely privileged to be able to do

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that. It is the closest honour to the honour of command in your

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battalion on operations, which I've also been able to do during my time

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in command. So I'm very Dino Bosi, the childhood dream which,

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Sebastian, one has to say is a huge Indeed. Quite a lot of us who cut

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the great honour to serve on this parade and in these regiments have

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probably had our first taste, as young children watching this

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parade, either here, at horse Guards, or on the television. I know

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that in my case it was probably the nub of an I absolutely share what he

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has just said. I'm sure that applies to many hundreds of those on parade

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mounted troops to salute the base. We have cool weather today, very

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good for the horses. The massed bands march to one side, clearing a

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place for the Mounted Bands. The drum horses are the only horses to

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hold the rank of officer. They are owned by Her Majesty the Queen.

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Big, heavy horses, they can either be a shire horse or Clydesdale. They

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need to carry the weight of those heavy kettledrums. The Mounted Bands

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of the Household Cavalry move on to the north side of Horse Guards, led

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by Major Paul Wilburn. He is also a have been on parade. They joined the

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ceremony at Horse Guards by request of the Royal Family. They first took

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part in 1998. A very impressive sight. Our high standard of riding

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in the King's Troop. Many of them compete in events, including

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of the King's Troop on August 2011, it's his second time on parade

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acknowledges. The guns are in effect the Colour of the King's Troop. They

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are the real thing, they were used in action in the great Wall. Only 25

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of these guns in existence today worldwide. The Troop itself has kept

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the title King's Troop on the orders of the Queen, in memory of her

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Guards. The sovereign 's Escort makes its way past the saluting

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base. Led by the Field Officer of the Escort, the commander. Field

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Officer Nick Stewart of The Life Blues and Royals. Their recent

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history going back to 1969, when the Royal Horse Guards were amalgamated

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with the Royal dragoons. Their Colonel is the Princess Royal. The

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farriers dressed in their glinting everyone trying to maintain a

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steady, sitting trot. Good control lucky, recovering from a leg injury

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and a suspected temporary blindness. As he can see, she's now fine

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health. Her Majesty the Queen with her great knowledge of horses and

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also her affection for them, she's watching carefully. There are 75

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horses here this year. They include Harlequins, a five-year-old

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Household Cavalry, we will find somewhere in there cap next dashed

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back Ink spot. If you bear your teeth at him, he bares his teeth

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sticks as they passed the saluting Director of Music will soon turn

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inwards. That will signal he is handing back control to the Field

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Officer and that the Household the Parade Ground, the Sergeant

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Major making his way along to the Approach Road, giving the signal

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that the procession is ready to leave. The Field Officer will ask

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Her Majesty's permission to march off, to conclude this parade of

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2013, in the 60th anniversary year of the Queen's Coronation. Your

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Majesty's Guards are ready to march carriage procession is returning to

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Buckingham Palace. In the first carriage we have the Duchess of

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Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry, too. Back on Horse

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Guards Parade, the signal has been received that all is fine for the

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music to start. The massed bands will play and the Guards will march

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off. They are marching off to a selection of music known as Arms

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Park, which refers to a great success in the 1970s, great for me,

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Approach Road and towards the Mall. It is a day of people looking

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carefully at the birthday Honours list. Sir Peter Hall, the head of

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the army, is one of those receiving an honour today. There are some

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members as well in the household division. Major Nigel Owen awarded

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the MBE and Warrant Officer Stephen Hill of the Coldstream Guards. Some

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are being honoured as well, slightly closer to home. The entire team

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wants to say well done and congratulations to Clare on her

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OBEs. Thank you very much. It has been wonderful to walk through the

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crowds. Lots of people saying congratulations, which is lovely.

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But more importantly they have been here since 7:15am this morning to

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secure good spot to watch the Queen's Birthday Parade. At this

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point the procession comes past these two statues which means the

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most to the Queen. A statue of the Queen Mother and King George VI. The

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Queen had a look up at them as she came by. The crowds were cheering

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madly. The wonderful sight of the massed in. -- massed bands. They are

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resplendent in their uniforms. Crimson, gold braid and lace, pretty

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much under changed since 1865. As we enjoyed these images, joining us

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again in the BBC commentary box is the author, commentator and Daily

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Mail writer Robert Hardman. Good morning to you here. Thank you.

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impressions so far? You referred to it being a Birthday Parade and we

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are at that position now. It is a birthday celebration and the 63rd

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Birthday Parade the Queen has been to, the 59th as monarch. She will be

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impressed by the spectacle we have seen today. Every yard of this grand

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ceremonial route along the Mall, designed by Sir Aston Webb. It has

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featured in every event of her reign. She travelled along it on her

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wedding day in 1947. Vast crowds were cheering. Other royal weddings

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in the decades which have followed. It has been a feature on more sombre

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occasions, her mother and father's funerals. And of course, every year,

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the principal route from Horse Guards and back for the Birthday

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Parade. 60 years ago this month the Mall was decorated with massive

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coronation archers. On those days, the parade was held on a Thursday

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but apart from that it is pretty much unchanged and that is one

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reason for its enduring appeal. Her Majesty attends the traditional

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ceremony of trooping the Colour. The massed is lead the procession

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around the Queen Victoria Memorial. The Queen accompanied by the Duke of

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Kent today, Roberts, just reminding us that the Duke of Edinburgh is

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probably watching the parade in the London clinic. Yes, sadly, his Royal

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Highness cannot be here today. not the first time he has missed

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it. There have been a couple of occasions when he has been abroad on

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business. The last occasion was in 1968. On that occasion the Queen was

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accompanied by the Duke of Kent. He was not the Duke of Kent. The Queen

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invited him to join her which is why King's Troop preparing to fire their

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salute. For both the Queen 's official birthday and her actual

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birthday it is marked by a royal salute. Today will be a 41 gun

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salute. The ceremonial season has included royal salutes to march --

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mark the accession to the throne, the Queen's actual birthday, the

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coronation, just last Monday the Duke of Edinburgh's 92nd birthday.

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The basic royal salute is 21 rounds. But the number of rounds fired does

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depend on the place and the occasion. Today, it is taking place

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in Green Park. That is a royal park so they add 22 the number which

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the Birthday Parade is still extremely popular. And still brings

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joy and excitement to young and old. Last year, the Diamond Jubilee year,

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there was a vast crowd for the Birthday Parade. This year in the

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60th anniversary of the coronation, Royal Horse Artillery firing their

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41 gun salute for the Queen's more sunshine, thankfully, many

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thousands of people making their way down from Admiralty arch to the

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general direction of Horse Guards Parade, through Saint James 's

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Park, down towards Buckingham Palace. The great expanse of the

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Mall, down towards the Queen Victoria Memorial glinting in the

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crowd. The Queen leads members of the Royal family out onto that

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famous balcony ready for the fly past. If we look in the distance,

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Huw, we might see the RAF. We think 30 aircraft, 13 different types.

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Eight elements. The first element, the support helicopter Force,

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Chinook and two Merlins, currently providing vital transport for

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troops, medical aid and equipment for forces in Afghanistan. The

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inspiring sight of the Lancaster bomber, part of the RAF Memorial

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flight based in Lincolnshire. Sadly, we do not have the Spitfire

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and hurricane fighters today because of the strong wind but the Lancaster

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is a very powerful presence. I knew surely, this year, we are able to

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see inside the Lancaster bomber as it makes its approach. A spectacular

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view for us along The Mall and down towards Buckingham Palace where the

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royal Family is watching. A broad smile from the Queen. The third

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eyes and ears, if you like. The Typhoons are from Coningsby. The

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impressive sight of the Seas 70 Oxfordshire. You cannot convey the

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fundraising noise as this fly past makes its way over central London

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and Horse Guards. The sixth 50 air cadets as passengers. A great

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day for them. We are soon to be joined by the massive Voyager. The

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Voyager will eventually replace the RAF's remaining fleet of Tri-Star

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and VC tens. And then the climax of this fly past. The Royal Air Force

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aerobatics team of the famous Red Arrows, led by Squadron leader Jim

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Turner, team leader of the Red Arrows. The Queen acknowledges the

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applause and cheers. She looks very happy. Prince Harry looking on. And

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the Duchess of Cambridge smiling as the Royal Family make their way back

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into the palace. The Birthday Parade of 2013 in this 60th anniversary of

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the Queen's coronation is at an end. Another superb display on Horse

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Guards led by the Welsh Guards and an equally impressive display by the

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Highlights of the morning's military spectacle from Horse Guards Parade in London, when the Queen's Colour of the Welsh Guards was trooped to mark the Sovereign's official birthday. Introduced by Huw Edwards.


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